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    Spring Activities in Boulder

    2016 Springtime Festivals and Events

    Spring is a magical time in Boulder. Thousands of tulips gingerly open their buds all along historic Pearl Street, wildflowers begin to bloom trailside, restaurant patios fill with sun-seekers and festival season gets underway!

    Here are 5 ways to enjoy spring in Boulder:

    Boulder Farmers Market Flowers

    1. Head to the Boulder Farmers’ Market

    Starting on April 2, 2016, the beloved farmers' market will fill with local farmers, cheesemakers, bakers, winemakers and flower-growers. Pick up goodies, or simply grab a meal from the food court and enjoy a picnic beside Boulder Creek or on the shady, green Central Park.

    2. Stop to smell the flowers

    Downtown Boulder’s brick-paved Pearl Street Mall is filled with flowerbeds that bloom with upwards of 15,000 tulips in springtime. The timing of the buds’ opening is, of course, up to Mother Nature, but it’s usually mid to late April. Bring a camera and make a day of it with Pearl Street’s amazing shopping and dining.

    Boulder B Cycle

    3. Rent a bike

    Check one out from a B Cycle station or rent one of Boulder’s ubiquitous bike shops. You can cruise down the Boulder Creek Path, named No. 2 in USA Today’s “top urban bike paths across the USA,” or just pedal around town. You’ll fit in with the locals here in the town that Bicycling magazine ranked No. 3 in “America’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities.”

    4. Hit the trails

    Either by foot or by bike, Boulder’s hiking and biking trails are lovely and fresh in springtime, and there are close to 150 miles of them in Boulder. The Chautauqua trailhead is a particularly popular one, with trails winding up into Boulder’s iconic Flatirons.

    5. Plan your visit around a festival or event
    Boulder celebrates big in spring. Check out these annual festivals and events:

    Boulder Arts Week
    March 25-April 2, 2016
    Boulder’s annual citywide celebration of art, jam-packed with performances and events all week long. 

    Boulder Farmers' Market
    April 2-Nov. 19, 2016, Saturdays 8am-2pm
    Also Wednesdays 4-8pm, May 4-Oct. 5, 2016
    A feast for the eyes, palate and soul! Perfect for spring picnics. 
    CU Conference on World Affairs
    April 4-8, 2016
    Hundreds of free lectures and discussions on all subjects from free trade to post modernism in film — on the beautiful CU campus.

    Taste of Pearl
    April 17, 2016
    Spend an afternoon in America’s Foodiest Town tasting delicious chef creations and Colorado wines.

    Tulip Fairy & Elf Parade
    April 3, 2016
    The Tulip Fairy and hundreds of tiny fairies and elves wake up 15,000+ tulips with a parade and festival on Pearl Street in historic downtown. 

    Boulder Home and Garden Fair
    June 4, 2016
    More than 70 vendors including local builders, landscape and garden specialists, and green living experts.

    May 16-22, 2016
    A weeklong festival, culminating in two orchestral performances of one of Mahler's major symphonic works.

    Chautauqua Summer Concert Series
    May–September 2016
    Spring brings the kickoff to Chautauqua’s series featuring concerts, films, theater, dance, forums and family events — all beside the stunning Flatirons.

    Boulder Creek Festival
    May 28-30, 2016
    The famous rubber ducky creek race, performances, carnival rides, bazar and much more — all beside the beautiful Boulder Creek.

    May 30, 2016
    This famous 10K race gets the whole town celebrating on the streets. There’s music, costumes and revelry as top runners and locals take part.

    Want more? Check our complete, searchable event calendar for even more ideas.